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Rich through my brethren's poverty—
Such wealth were hideous! I am
Qnly in what they share with me,
In what I share with all the rest.
—Lucy Larcom.
HATS off to Attorney General
Schaffer! He has the true
Pennsylvania spirit. His crisp
reply to Postmaster General Burle
son's ruthless attempt to override the
laws of Pennsylvania with respect to
the fixing of telephone rates will
meet with the approval of all who
have read Judge Kunkel's master
ful opinion in that case, in which he
clearly shows that the Postmaster
General has no legal ground for the
assumption of this unwarranted in
terference with the laws of Penn
If Mr. Burleson had been sincere
in the assertion that he desired to in
crease telephone rales in order to
meet increased expenses he could
have formulated his schedules and
submitted them to the Public Service
Commission, in harmony with laws of
Pennsylvania enacted in full accord
with the constitution of the United
States. But he did not choose to do
that. He wanted to show his author
ity. lie desired to thrust down the
throats of Pennsylvania people tele
phone rates in excess of those pro
nounced reasonable and sufficient by
our own Public Service Commission
and higher than thought necessary
by the companies themselves, if their
own formulated schedules are to be
regarded as satisfactory.
No, Burleson's purpose had little
to do with getting a fair return for
the telephone stockholders. He is
an arrogant, self-opinionated official
who wants the government to own
the lines, and he is doing everything
in his power to discourage private
ownership of public utilities and to
force the government to hold the
wire lines permanently. But he failed
to take into consideration two such
capable and devoted Pennsylvania
officials as Schaffer and Kunkel, who
may be depended upon to figlit the
State's battle to the last ditch.
POOR and more expensive coal is
the prospect for the present
generation of men, if we are
to believe Floyd \V. Parsons, editor
of The Coal Age. The best coal is
mined first, he says, and thl finest
quality Already has been marketed,
he adds. And this leads him to the
assertion of a belief that has been
steadily growing in the minds of
many men who have given thought
to the matter of coal, which is that
we shall be forced to relinquish
anthracite as a household fuel, for
the reason that it is fast becoming
too expensive for the average wage
earner who cannot afford to burn
nine or ten tons of $lO coal a year.
Mr. Parsons points out that "prac
tically the only available deposits
of high-grade steam coal lying with
in reach of the Philadelphia and
Xew York markets are in Cambria,
Indiana and Somerset counties in
Pennsylvania. Even in these few
districts the undeveloped tracts are
limited in area and will be rather
difficult to develop, due to the thin
ness and depth of most of the seams.
The situation in regard to gas and
by-product coals is even less favor
able so far as the large Eastern
markets are concerned. West Vir
ginia contains a large supply of these
coals, but freight rates again render
these Southern fields quite inaccessi
ble. Only a few small areas of gas
and by-product coals are available to
the New York and Philadelphia mar
kets, and these lie in Pennsylvania.
"Each year now witnesses the
exhaustion of a number of high
grade coal areas. Far more mines
producing better grade coals are be
ing worked out than there are new
mines commencing to produce. Many
investigators have reached the con
clusion that the tonnage of high-
grade coal shipped from the low
freight rate territory into the At
lantic seaboard markets will not be
increased beyond its present volume.
These authorities expect a decrease
in the shipment of such coal and an
ticipate that the markets will have
to be satislicd with a substitute in
the way of lower grade fuel. The
only other solution is that consum
ers will have to pay higher freight
rates, thereby bringing in coal from
more distant fields."
The fuel outlook is anything but
bright, so far as prices are concern
ed, and, unless the sooty, low grade
coal can be translated into gas or
electricity and distributed for house
hold use in one or both those forms,
prospects are anything but good for
the "smokeless city" toward which
many persons have been looking,
and hoping and working.
READ this from the current is
sue of the Saturday Evening
The next Congress will be Re
publican. It has a great oppor
tunity to make that tag a much
more distinctive badge of public
service. Meanwhile, whether it
lives up to that opportunity or
not. the vital saving thing is
here. There is in the United
blatcs—unorganized and not dis
tinctively represented as yet by
any party tag—a great body of
live, sound American opinion,
prudent, sensible, yet progres
sive; determined at bottom thut
this nation, already offering to
its. people the best conditions
and the fairest opportunities that
any great number of people have'
ever enjoyed on this earth, shall
push steadily on by rational ex
perimenting until its conditions
and opportunities reach the at
tainable ideal: equally deter
mined to take by the neck what
ever crack-brained or malevolent
enemies to peace, democracy and
progress eome in its way. That !
saving American opinion demands
reasonably honest. Efficient ser- j
vice from its elected servants. |
Irrespective of party tags Con- i
gress must reckon with it.
That is true, every word of it. Re
publicans must conduct themselves
in the next Congress as to merit the
confidence of this rational, clear
thinking, independent element in tlie
country. If they do their party will
be restored to prestige and power
and the next President will be a
Republican. If they do not he will
not be a Republican and he may not
be even a Democrat. The party tag
hangs so loosely to the voter's lapel
these days that it can be easily
shaken off. The Democrats have fail
ed. The Republicans are now on
trial. It is up to the next Congress.
THE choice of William H. Ger
man to be Scout Commissioner
for Harrisburg places the Boy
Scout movement in excellent hands
in this district. Mr. German is a
man of extraordinary energy, a
great lover of outdoor life and in
thorough sympathy with all move
ments having to do with the im
provement of boys. His painstaking,
careful work in connection with Ro
tary Club activities and war service
drives the past year or two has at
tracted the attention of all who have
had the pleasure of being associated
with him and have won him un
stinted praise. He is modest and
unassuming, but has a firm hand
and determination sufficient to carry
through to success any movement
he starts.
Scouting in Harrisburg will feel
a quickening influence with the new
commissioner in charge. The Scouts
are fortunate in procuring such a
man and Mr. German may feel com
plimented upon being chosen for the
work; those responsible for his elec
tion are noted for their ability to
pick winners.
DR. PAZET, former ambassador
from Peru to the United
States, made a deep impres
sion upon all who heard him speak
here Thursday night. His plea for
a better understanding between
North and South American countries
was from the heart. What he told
us concerning enemy propaganda,
both here and in South America,
is true.
German propagandists said to
Americans: "Don't trade with those
hateful South Americans. They detest
you and are not to be trusted. Don't
deal with them for they desire only
to cheat you. They are a bad lot."
And then they went, to South Amer
ica and told the people there the
same kind of lies about us. And we
believed, and they believed, and the
Germans carried home the bacon.
It is time, indeed, that we waked
up to the importance of trade and
friendly relations between the peo
ples of the only League of Nations
that ever has been worked down
to a practical, stable basis—the
Pan-American Union, of which we,
in this country, are a part.
THE hopelessness of the Demo
cratic administration at Wash
ington is illustrated by the asi
nine remarks of the Congressman
who made possible the taking over
of the telephone and telegraph lines
by the government. He admits that
government control of public utili
ties has been a failure, but lauds
Postmaster General Burleson for his
efforts and blames the whole dis
mal falldown on the blunders of
Republicans left in office by the
Democratic organization. This iB
such an absurd view that it would
be scarcely worthy of attention were
it not for the fact that it is spoken
seriously by a man who will have a
prominent place in the next Con
But our Democratic friend is right
to this extent —that government con
trol has caused a rapid crystaHzation
of public sentiment against govern
ment ownership, and the country
well knows where the blame lies.
The people will insist that the rail
roads and the wire lines be returned
eo their owners, but with Federal
I supervision to' the extent of con
tinuing the joint use of terminals,
the direct routing of freight and
such centralization of operating au
thority as shall make the highways
of commerce of the greatest service
to the people. The old policy of
starving the railroads, on the other
hand, will have to give way to a
more libertl plan of granting reve
nues to provide for good wages for
employes and to handle the volume
of business that a nation with a
$10,000,000,000 foreign trade bal
ance lias to prepare for. Any other
policy would be unpatriotic and
detrimental to the interests of the
whole community, and we suspect
that our Democratic friend is simply
preparing to get on the band wagon
while blaming those who are al
ready' aboard for pushing him off
into the mud.
fdlties u
By the Ex-Committeeman
If . J
Except for the eternal discussion
of the Philadelphia situation, poli
tics in Pennsylvania has joined in
the master vacation of the Legisla
ture and members of the two Houses
are at their liomcs preparing for
the wind up of the General Assembly
which it is now expected will be
delayed at least one week beyond
May 15 as a result of the recess.
Some of the legislators have been
justifying the recess as a ponveni
ence which enables them to catch
up with affairs at home, but some
unfavorable newspaper comment is
When the legislators return to
Harrisburg, there will be consider
able action, no less than half a
dozen big hearings are scheduled for
April 22, including the conference
on the compensation amendments,
but there will not be many after
that time, as the majority of the
big legislation has been threshed
out in the newspapers and little
more can be gained by yards of pub
licity. legislators are commencing
to call for action and disposal of
the numerous bills which ore clut
tering calendars and committee lists.
The policy of passing bills along
to the Senate is not meeting with
as much favor as formerly.
—From all accounts, Governor
William C. Sproul is improving nice
ly at Hot Springs, but is not giving
any attention to State affairs, lie
indicated what he was going to do
with the numerous bills in his hands
and the Legislature will be notified
in due season. Meanwhile appoint
ments and other matters are held up.
—More copies of the legislative bills
to consolidate the State Game, Fish
eries, Water Supply and Forestry
Departments into a proposed De
partment of Conservation and pro
viding for a State fishermen's license
have been sent out from the Capitol
the last few days than any other
measures. Interest in these two lines
of activity has taken the place of
all the game and flsli bills which
have been presented and which
would change the two codes so that
they could scarcely be recognized.
While these measures are being con
sidered, the committees will get to
gether on amendments to the exist
ing laws, which will be rather few
and about as outlined from time
to time.
The fishermen's .license bill will
be considered in the House after
Easter recess and it is believed that
it will go through, as strong repre
sentations as to necessity of provid
ing revenue for the extensive plans
of the fisheries officials have been
made and some of the men who
lined up against, the bill through
uncertainty about powers, have
changed their minds. Meanwhile,
the fisheries authorities are going
ahead with their plans for big ad
ditions to hatcheries and for the
most extensive fish stocking pro
gram ever known. Commissioner
of Fisheries N. It. Duller says that
the State can furnish the fish if the
money is provided.
—The' Conservation hi'l is going
to have some rough sledding.
—lt is understood that the Wal
lace third class code amendment bill
was recalled from the Governor, in
accordance with action just an
nounced. so that changes could be
made which would not raise sala
ries. A number of other matters
are said to be booked for adjust
ment. There are over a score of
changes in administrative matters
in the bill, which was drafted by
city solicitors and representatives of
the third class city league.
—One of the odd changes made
to a bill on the calendar is that
the penalty was taken out of the
Stadtlander bill giving preference to
returned soldiers, sailors and ma
rines in making appointments to
places in the State Government and
on public works. This bill was
amended while in the' House Judi
ciary General Committee.
—The Dawson bill regulating
elections in third class cities is out
of Ihe Municipal Corporations Com
mittee. If passed it would prevent
any elections of couneilmen this
year, putting off such elections until
1921 when every third class city
would elect two men for two years
and two for four years, the candi
dates polling the two highest votes
to get the long terms. In 1923 and
thereafter biennially two council
men would be elected for the full
four year terms.
A Highway Monument
There should be erected to the
memory of Colonel Roosevelt some
great outstanding monument, which
shall endure through the centuries
and be wholly devoid of any com
mercial aspect; but at the same
time a monument Worthy of his
name and his achievements, worthy
of the wealth and power of this
country, should be built which, while
honoring him, would benefit man
A monument of this kind might
well find expression in a superb
highway, built as solidly as the Ap
pian Way, one which would stand
through the centuries and be known
a thousand years hence as the
Roosevelt Highway. It should be
built as thorough, so. broad, with
such deep foundations, and be beau
tified with trees as the highways of
Franco are, that it would be worthy
to rank, as an honor to the Nation.
It is probable that If Roosevelt
could give voice to his own wishes,
he would prefer it to any other
monument which could be erected
to his memory.—From the Manu
facturers' Record.
Explained at Last
The expression, "the higher the
fewer," refers to eggs in most fami
lies.—From the Boston Transcript.
What One. Soldier Thinks
[From an American Soldier's Letter
in the Christian Science Monitor.]
My mind is burdened by the
many foolish statements that are
published here about what many
well-meaning, and others not well
meaning, are doing in the old U.
S'. A. to settle the future of the
country and the ar.ny. Particularly
am I worried about tho attitude of
my country over this League of Na
tions idea. Judging from certain
statements that I read, there are
many that are not taking kindly
to the idea. Why? As llashimura
Togo would say, "I ask but to in
quire!" I believe that some are
moved by an honest desire to cling
to the Monroe Doctrine.
Germany is as watchful as ever,
and more so, because she has got to
fight to save what she can from
the wreck. This fighting is largely
being done by the one enormous
force of her previous ranks thftt re
mains intact. The force of the pro
pagandists! They are as strong
to-day as ever, both here and in
How are they fighting? They are
fighting with every means our alli
ance with England and France,
which is, in the main, the founda
tion of the League of Nations. They
are fighting this 'league through our
own dear senators and congress
men. It is this fact that started
me to write this epistle to a Brook
linite. To-day I see Senator Borah
is about to stump the country
against the League of Nations. A
noble man I trust. Frank enough
to admit that he is backed by sev
eral wealthy western men, but
whose names he refrains from dis
closing! Why should men who
have honest intentions be so mod
est about the disposal of their for
tunes? I wonder if their reasons
would bear a very close inspection?
Is it possible that they might be
Germans with a touch of pity in
their kind hearts for their brethren
across the Atlantic, who are about
to be deprived (if the league is
actually created) of an opportunity
to repeat their dastardly perform
ance of 1914?
I do not like the idea of mixing
up in European politics. Who does?
But are they European politics?
All our high-speed efforts have done
for us: they have internationalized
the world! The only way to pre
vent it is to sink all our high-speed
ships and aeroplanes that will soon
be crossing the ocean in 40 to 50
hours! Such methods of communi
cation are bound to ally us to the
rest of the world. If we are de
pendent on the rest of the world,
then, why not help hold the rest of
the world together? This is the
logic of tho League of Nations. Who
opposes it? Germany! The Bol
shevik!! Birds of a feather flock
together! Germany created this
particular bird herself and now he
is trying to come home to roost.
Why should we help Germany keep
this bird from doing so until Ger
many shows us that she is sincere
ly interested in paying her debt to
the world? Germany has not yet
done so and I do not belie\o that
she will.
There are many petty ways of
carrying on this propaganda that I
see here on this commission; for we
are working with the Germans and
I have evey opportunity to observe
their sly ways of trying to make us
turn our backs on England and
France. 1 could fill volumes with
what I have seen and heard since
I have left home, ahd I am return
ing to America with an awakened
sense of duty toward the ballot;
for which I am grateful.
New York state forbids women in
the core rooms of foundries to lift
more than twenty-five pounds.
The Republic of Uruguay recently
enacted a law requiring the mana
gers of all stores, shops, pharmacies,
factories workshops and other es
tablishments to supply chairs for the
use of female employes whenever
their work permits.
Women constitute 24.5 per cent, of
India's factory workers.
Nearly 1,000 telephone girls are on
strike in Buenos Aires.
About forty per cent, of the annual
lumber cut is not worked by plan
ning mills or factories into finished
There are 34,000 sawmills operat
ing in the United States all engaged
in manufacturing lumber for one use
or another, and the annual cut of
lumber runs into many billion feet.
[From the New York Times.]
NO man cares for the "lime
light" less than Admiral Wil
liam S. Sims, but the Amer
can people should understand that
the commander of their naval forces
in European waters, who came home
yesterday, rendered invaluable ser
vices during the war, and is one of
the great sailors and leaders of an
age when navies have reached their
highest development.. It would nev
er be known from Admiral Sims
himself what he accomplished on
the other side as naval commander,
strategist, administrator, and dip
lomat, for he is the most silent, of
men about his own performances.
He has cared nothing for personal
distinction, but lie 'has cared a groat
deal about the improvement of tho
United States Navy and he has been
supremely concerned about the suc
cess of the Allied cause. The Brit
ish know the value of William Snow
den Sims as a. war commander;
his initiative, his thoroughness, his
indefatigable industry and tireless
activity, his strength of character,
his magnetic leadership, his readi
ness to assume responsibility, his
cheerfulness and confidence, his tem
pered resolution, and his unfailing
tact. The truth is they envy the
United States Navy the possession
of Sims.
As a practical seaman the admiral
satisfied the most searching British
tests, and for enterprise and spirit
and the faculty of doing the right
thing at the right time he had no
superior in the British Navy. His
destroyer flotilla was so well trained
and so skillfully handled that it took
its place in the submarine patrol
without the loss of an hour. On
shore, as well as afloat, the Ameri
can admiral was always equal to the
emergency and bail a solution* for
every problem. It seemed the ob
vious thing to do to make Sims the
commander of the Allied forces in
Irish waters during the absence of
the senior British officer. The Amer
ican admiral always got on famous
ly with everybody in authority, sol
dier. sailor, or civilian, and lie was
so fair in his judgments and so
generous in his tributes, which was
second nature to him, that there
To Buy Old American Toys
The hundreds of buyers of toys
from all parts of the country who
are in New York City at this season
buying for their Fall and Winter
stocks are without exception de
manding the American-made toys,
so thoroughly did the country be
come aroused during the agitation
over tjie receipt of the large cargo
of German-mude toys just before
Christmas. The toy indusry in the
United States means a gross retail
figure of $40,000,000 annually, ac
cording to a statement of F. D.
Dodge, Secretary of the Toy Manu
facturers of the United States,
which held a meeting at tho He-
Alpin Hotel a few days ago.
Mr. Dodge said that before the war
American manufacturers were able
to supply about 60 per cent, of the
demand here, but during the war
the industry received a great im
petus. He said that there is no
scarcity of American-made toys. An
invitation has been received by the
manufacturers from the Smithson
ian Institution at Washington, D.
0., to prepare a complete exhibit of
all the American toys thnt were
popular during the war. This will
become a permanent exhibit at the
institution. A committee was ap
pointed t6 prepare the collection of
A label, or identification mark,
for American-made toys, has been
udopted by the manufacturers. Tills
will Be placed on all cartons and
on the toys themselves where pos
sible. It bears a picture of Uncle
Sam with a little boy and girl in
each arm, and tho lyrics:
The pennies spent on ♦pys
For Uncle Sam's own g. . I boys
In turn, of course, go back again
To our own loyal working men.—
American—the Workman's Hand
American—'twas Built and Planned
American—in Spirit, too,
America's Toy Gift to YOU.
Mr. Dodge said that the boycott
of German toys, while a good idea,
is not sure to be a lasting thing,
BO the American manufacturers have
decided to keep up a strong cam
paign for "Buy American Goods,"
which, he considered, would outlast
any boycott scheme.
was no limit to his popularity in
England. Vainglory was foreign to
him. He was a stickler for the truth,
and he never hesitated to give our
allies full credit for their efforts in
tho war; nor did he ever exagger
ate the American contribution from
a false sense of loyally to his own
set vice. The truth was in Sims, and
it always came out. No man could
be prouder of the United States
Navy, but he could see and acknowl
edge the big things our allies were
It must be with a peculiar satis
faction that Admiral Sims returns
to America wearing the laurels of
his success. Four years before the
war he predicted what was coming
—his foreenst is of record: and he
committed the glorious indiscretion
of declaring at a I.ord Mayor's ban
uqet in London on December 3, 1910,
that if the British Empire was ever
seriously menaced by an external
foe "you may count upon every man,
every dojlar, every drop of blood of
your kindred across the sea." The
consequence was an official repri
mand by President Taft, who was
perhaps not so unsympathetic and
severe as his letter to Secretary
Meyer seemed to indicate.
Admiral Sim's next detail will be
the reorganization ol the Naval War
College on modern lines, as prompt
ed by the naval lessons of the war.
In his new field lie cannot fail to
distinguish himself, for he has not
only been the most progressive of
ficer of the navy, but the most fear
less in urging improvements and re
form. The bureaus learned to dread
his busy typewriter years ago, and he
would go to the verge of insubordi
nation, as he has confessed himself,
to make his point. He taught the
navy how to shoot when it marks
manship was deplorable, and he
helped to revolutionize naval con
st! ucticn when our ships had defects
that greatly impaired their useful
ness. Admiral Sim's motto, "Cheer
up and get busy," has given him a
strong following in the navy with
the rank and tile, for he has always
lived up to it himself. Able, effi
cient. fair-minded, and loyal, he has
found his golden opportunity in the
war, and tho American people can
not give him too warm a welcome.
A Wild Flower Garden
Oh, come to spe my Burden
Where all sorts of wild things
Anemones, hepaticas.
And bloodroots white as snow;
And violets white and violets sweet,
And striped ones and spurred;
And yellow ones and purple ones-
All names you ever heard;
Spring beauties in their striped
And Mayflowers white and sweet;
Arbutus —just a little patch—
All tangled at your feet;
And bishop's caps and coral bells;
Houstonias bright and blue,
And, hiding underneath a bush,
Some orchids plashed with dew.
And there's perula's fairy bell,
And star-grass white and tail;
And harebells, blue as blue can be,
Trailed on a bit of wall;
Sea-holly with its prickly flowers;
Sabbathia —oh, you know
Sabbathia owns the fairest pink
The flower hearts ever knew.
Come later on and you will find
Bane-berries' crimson stems,
And foam-flowers, and a hundred
All in their diadems;
Lobelias blue, both greut.and small.
And, by the arrow-heads,
The jewel-weeds and monkey
And fireweeds dusky- red;
Then the gentians fringed and gen
tians closed;
Helentums reaching high,.
And spathes of violet dragon-head
Held up to sun and sky. . . .
And yellow stars lie under foot;
And partridge-berry flowers,
And lots of little trailing things
That come with summer hours.
Lobelia cardinalis?—
Oh, you should come and see
The scarlet of its banners,
Its gorgeous panoply;
And where you see the butterflies
Go circling round in rings
Tou'll find the weed that bears their
Decked with some painted
And there's a bird sways singing;
And there a bird speeds by.
And round about in places
Birds trill a lullaby.
—George Kllngle in the Christian
Science Monitor.
APRIL 12, 1919.
I never thought Joe Briggs was such
a much;
lie sorto' seemed to me a reg'lar
I never thought worth while to keep
in touch
With him or with his gawky half
grown cub.
But lately Joe and me has been in
To pal when we connect up any
He's quite a decent animal, T find—
His boy and mine were bunkies
over there.
I used to sidestep Joe at every
He never pulled a thing I cared
to hear.
He tlirowed my talking powers in
a trance
Whenever I discovered he was
But recently I've flocked with him
a lot.
He's gottin' brighter every day, I
Ain't nothing like the nutty thing T
liis boy was my boy's buddy over
I s'pose if there had never been no
Acrost the ocean I'd have never
That Joe was not the dub I took
him tor-
Why. he's got notions nearly like
my own!
We understand each other right
'Most anything we've got we glad
ly share.
So far as T can cee there's nothing
With Joe —our boys was buddies
over there.
—Strickland Gillilan in the Satur
day Evening Post.
Answer Doktors of Kulliir
[Hrom Harvey's Weekly.]
A unique light is cast unon what
we may call the incorrigible Hun
nishness of the Hun by the recent
mesauge of the universities of Leip
zig and Heidelberg to all the uni
versities of France, asking the re
sumption between them of the re
lationships which existed before the
This almost Incredible piece of
Hunnish effrontery is of course os
tensibly based upon the theory that
there are no racial or national de
marcations in the world of intellect,
but that science and truth are uni
versally the same. That theory is
correct, but misleading. It depends
on the professors.
It is notorious that the university
j professors of Germany, and the so
called "intellectuals," have long
been foremost in supporting the
infamous designs of the Hohenzol
lern dynasty, and in promoting that
"kultur" which is a German euphem
ism for savagery.
In the face of those things, what
colossal impudence, what indescrib
able effrontery, what monumental
lack of sense of common decency,
were involved in this recent request
of the two Hunnish universities.
The response of Bordeaux Univer
sity to this Hunnish missive is
worthy of reproduction and remem
brance. It requested the German
professors to ask the people of the
battle zone in France what they
thought of resuming relations With
the Germans and declared that the
whole German people were guilty of
atrocities and crimes, and did not in
this generation deserve the resump
tion of relations with the civilized
wor)cl "Perhaps," it added, "we
may change our mind regarding the
next generation." That the Ger
mans do not generally take any such
view of the case, that they do not
appreciate the enormity of the moral
wrong committed by their universi
ties and intellectual leaders, is one
of the most scathing indictments that
can be framed ugainst them.
Here 1 Wander in April
Here I wander in April
I Cold, gray-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound.
Spring the deliverer.
Spring, song-leader in woods, chor
ally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in mead
I Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom,
daisies and crocuses:
[Here that child from his heart
I drinks of eternity: . . .
:—Robert I.ouis Stevenson (From
"New Poems and Variant Kead
i ings," published in 1918).
iEbetttttg (£f|al
More contracting firms accustom
ed to handling- big enterprises, have
bid upon construction of State high
ways this year than ever known be
fore, 'among those which submitted
figures for the sixty-two and a hall'
miles on which bids .were openpft
yesterday, being one which Tiad built
buildings and roads in some of tho
army camps during the war. Other
firms had built, many miles of rail
road and street railway, while still
others had been engaged in general
construction and on building roads
in New York and various States. As
the State plans the most extensi\e
road improvement program of any
in the Union, and now has more
I miles of road undeF contract than
any other, it is expected that some
of the biggest concerns in the high
way line in the country will bid.
Including the sections on which bids
will be opened next month, the State
has 200 miles of construction in
sight. Probably 400 more miles will
be contracted for if conditions are
favorable. Active operations on some
of the largest of the contracts let,
are about to start.
• • •
Joseph Kalbfus, secretary of
the State Game Commission, says
the value of the general closing of
the State to shooting of grouse last
year, so that tho great game bird
may have a chance to increase, haj
been demonstrated by reports re
ceived here. "The wardens have
been reporting to me that they have
seen many birds and I consider what
they report, as an excellent indica
tion or this fall's sport," said he.
"I asked for reports in districts
where we had taken pains to distri
bute what grouse wo could apportion
and the birds seem to have gotten
through the winter very well and
to have increased. Some counties,
which have not had grouse, now re
port them and the people generally
are taking good care of them. I
wish 1 could say that the quail out
look is good. I cannot do so now."
Dr. Kalbfus said that he still had
hopes of getting more quail from
Mexico. Some shipments are looked
for this month and will be distri
buted at once.
* • •
What is the reason no one will go
| to the trouble of even asking for
, one of the excess fare slips allowed
by the llarrisburg Railways on eacli
j six cent fare. The conductors carry
hales of them in their pockets,
but no one wants them. For a time
people were inclined to be rather
stiff about it it and to tuke the slips,
even going so far as to "bawl out"
conductors wlicn they did not offer
them. Then the company issued
notices that passengers were en
tilled to tho slips and should insist
on getting them. Now a conductor
seldom offers one and when he does
| it is very, very rarely taken.
! . Talking about this failure of the
| riding public to take excess far slips
ja conductor said last night: "Wl\at's|
j the use of handing out the slips?"
i The people won't take them most of
| the time and fellows that do, tear
| them up and throw them on the
floor for ine to sweep out. There's
no fun In that. These people reared
up over a six cent fare and all
ed slips, but they got tired and when
any one asks for one 1 almost fall
off tho car."
And yet, under certain contingen
' cies, the slips would bo worth one
| cent each.
• •
"Higher prices for cigars have
made smokers darned critical" aver
red one of the city's best kViown/
cigar men to-day. "When wo had to
put up cigars to si cents, people
were sore and wouldn't buy. When
we had to go to seven they came
back after fooling with old 'twofer'
stuff, but. they were awful fussy"
was the way he put it.
i "What's the reason'?" was asked.
"Well, so long as they are paying
more they want to get the right
stuff. Some of my regular custom
ers paw over a box now that they
pay seven cents or eleven cents ami
they never used to do that. Why I
have had to tell them, back in the
nickel days, not to take some cigars
that were not well made. Now they
all have their eyes peeled and noth
ing that Is the least bit defective
gets by them."
. . ,
Among llarrisburg visitors was
| General <\ T. O'Neil, who command,
led a brigade of Pennsylvania's Na
| tional Guard at the Mexican border
and who was In command of one of
| the camps during the war until re
j tired. The General came over from
| Allentown to visit friends at the
Capitol and met a number of mili
[ tary acquaintances.
■ —P. M. Sharpless, who threatens
to move his plant from West Ches
ter because of a controversy with tho
town council, is a millionaire farmer
and authority on dairying.
—Judge O. B. Dickinson, who Is
sitting in the telephone rate injunc
tion proceedings in Philadelphia, is
a Delaware oountian.
——Georg9 S. Speaker, new head of
the State Gas Association, is a Leba
non man.
—F. G. Hastings, the Milton edi
tor, has been chosen a member of
the borough council.
—Congressman H. W. Temple is
endeavoring to arrange for a parade
of Western Pennsylvania troops in
the county seats of their home coun
—Tliat llarrisburg typewriter
machines are used In govern
ment offices all over the coun
The River Front was used as an
encampment ground for troops from
this section during the War of 1812.
Urges More Church Ads •.
The proposition of putting religion
on a business basis to the extent of
directing the attention of the lay
man to his ecclesiastical duties
through the columns of the press
will be advocated at the Presby
terian General Assembly in St. Louis
tho week of May lu to 22. News
paper advertising in every com
munity in which there is a Presby
terian church will be urged by James
It. Wootan, director of Presbyterian
publicity In the United States. In
urging church advertising in the
newspapers Mr. Wootan says:
"The newspaper is the most in
sistent factor in modern life. It
enters our affairs every morning,
noon and night. It is the one force
that finds an open door at every
house. It is our companion at meals,
on trains, in street cars, at the club
and in the home.. It is a moldcr of
public opinion and often private
opinion, because primarily it is the
chief purveyor of information.
Politics, science and business can
not do without It. nor can that great
est of! all institution, the Church,'
—From the New York Sun.